Two Marine Debris Program staffers are participating in NOAA’s annual mission to remove derelict nets and other marine debris from sensitive coral reefs and shorelines in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world. An estimated 52 tons of derelict fishing gear washes up in the Monument each year, threatening the pristine ecosystem. Follow their journey.
By: Dianna Parker
Mission Log 10
We’re back on dry land after concluding our 33-day mission to remove marine debris from the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Hawaii. The grand total of derelict fishing nets and plastics we recovered – after everything was weighed and counted – was 57 tons. We even removed an 11.5-ton “super net” from Pearl and Hermes Atoll that took several days to cut apart and pull out of the water.
Here are a few additional photos from the mission:
I’ll be answering questions about the mission from 1-3 p.m. EST (5 pm UTC, 10 am PST) in a Reddit Ask Me Anything today. Feel free to participate!